Developers Present Final Visions for Miami Beach Convention Center Overhaul

Tishman Hotels and Realty and Portman-CMC are battling for a chance to renovate the center

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    Competing plans for the Miami Beach Convention Center.

    Two rival powerhouse teams vying to overhaul the 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center district made their final day-long presentations before the city commission and the public Tuesday.

    Tishman Hotels and Realty and Portman-CMC are battling for a chance to renovate the center, and both teams would split the cost of the mega-project between public and private funds.

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    Portman-CMC's vision includes a large public square that will link the convention center with surrounding businesses and residences and extend to Lincoln Road. It would be a mix of green spaces, and retail and cultural centers.

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    The Jackie Gleason Theater is being renovated as part of the plan and a hotel and re-designed parking lots would be added.

    The ultimate goal is to accommodate Miami Beach residents, businesses and tourists year-round, said Portman Holdings Vice Chairman Jack Portman.

    Tishman Hotels and Realty was expected to make its presentation Tuesday afternoon. Their plan is expected to include a hotel on top of an expanded convention center and includes several plazas and other open spaces, as well as a renovated Jackie Gleason Theater.

    The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments after each team delivers its presentation. The Miami Beach Commission will select a winner in June to move the project further.